3D paintings jump off canvas at new Regional Gallery show

Leigh Arnold of Lismore with his 3D exhibition at the Lismore Art Gallery, Eternity.
Leigh Arnold of Lismore with his 3D exhibition at the Lismore Art Gallery, Eternity. Doug Eaton

TAKING art to a whole new dimension.

That's what Leigh Arnold has done with his new exhibition Eternity, a series of fascinating 3D paintings at the Lismore Regional Gallery.

The Lismore-based artist, who has exhibited extensively in the local area with Tropical Fruits and Nimbin School of Arts, said most of his works had a scientific base.

"They illustrate perspective, space-bending, gravity, the Big Bang, galaxies and so on," Mr Arnold said.

"They also use quantum physics, Euclidean geometry, space-time and, above all, symmetry."

What is most interesting about Eternity though, is, of course, the 3D nature of the artworks.

The trick to creating 3D art, Mr Arnold explained, was colour theory.

"I use colour to illustrate change over time, with cooler colours dropping back and warmer colours coming forward," Mr Arnold said.

"This automatically produces 3D effects."

If you're wondering if he wears 3D glasses during the painting process, the answer is no, he doesn't.

After working for years on colour theory to create the 3D effect, he said it had become second nature to him.

While most people take a little time to get used to the 3D sensation, Mr Arnold said the most hilarious responses came from children.

Unusually for an artist, he is also pretty relaxed when it comes to touching his artworks.

He said he understood the sensation of 3D made people want to reach out and try to touch the depiction, and that was totally fine with him. "Fingerprints can be wiped off," he said with a laugh.

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